Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-06-18

Alcohol and eating right

What is the kilojules in whiskey? When i spoke to a dietician a while back the advice was that when you are on a low GI eating plan and you do want to consume alcohol that the best would be whiskey with water as this is not fattening? However I have read of people who say they have not lost as much weight due to them consuming whiskey. What is the best? To drink or not to drink?

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Dear Alcohol/Eating right
The kJ content of all alcohol is 29 kJ per gram, which is second only to fat which contains 37 kJ/gram (carbs and proteins only contain 16-17 kJ per gram). According to the SA Food Tables, whiskey contains 1044 kJ per 100 ml, so a 15 ml tot will contribute 157 kJ to your energy intake, which while not excessive may add up if you have more than one drink a day. Adding sweetened cold drinks to your whiskey will of course increase the energy content even further. Generally speaking, it is better to avoid all alcohol while you are trying to lose weight.
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